JASON Matthews believes he still has a lot to learn to master the art of football management but is certain Weymouth are in a “far better place” than when he first stepped into the position as player-manager.
Tomorrow’s home clash with Slough Town (3pm) marks two years to the day that the Weymouth chief took over in the Terras’ hotseat.
Matthews, initially named as caretaker-boss by the Weymouth board on Thursday, December 12, 2013, was given the role on a permanent basis just over three weeks later.
Looking back at the highs and lows that have come with being the Terras’ supremo across his two-year tenure, Matthews insists his mission within the camp is far from finished.
He told Echosport: “Two years is a long time in football and there have been some really enjoyable moments and some disappointing moments.
“I feel I am learning all the time. You learn more, do your homework more and get to know the right contacts.
“It’s very much a management team though and not just about myself. I am really happy with the people I have around me now and you can really trust them.”
He added: “I feel the club is in a far better place than when I took it over. We live within our means and it’s a good place to be around.
“I have got the squad that I want. We would probably like one more striker at the club but, other than that, I feel we have got what we want and it’s about going out and doing the business now.”
As revealed by Echosport earlier this week, defender Pat Baldwin will miss tomorrow’s clash with a hip injury. Matthews also remains out with a heel problem but Jake Wannell will be back in the squad after missing out last weekend.
Speaking ahead of his side’s battle with the Rebels, who currently sit 11th in the league table, Matthews said: “I am really looking forward to playing at home at last.
“It is going to be a really tough game and Slough have improved massively from last season.”